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Water Quality Testing

Water Quality Testing
Access to clean safe drinking water is a valuable commodity that most people take for granted. However, have you ever wondered what is in your water? Or how it is delivered to you for that matter?

The expectation that water supplied through municipal water systems is safe with little risk to users has been brought into question in recent years by incidents that have raised national awareness of water quality concerns; most notably, the water crisis in Flint, Michigan that placed tens of thousands of residents at risk of illness by exposure to concentrated levels of lead in the water supply and led to criminal charges for several public officials.

However, this is not an isolated event.

A recent study by the National Resources Defense Council, an independent environmental organization, revealed that in just 2015 there were 88000 reported water quality violations by public water utilities.

Closer to home, in early 2017 the New York State Comptroller’s office issued a report on the state of aging urban public water systems across the state, estimating it would require nearly $40 billion and two decades to replace these failing systems with modern infrastructure that can ensure New York residents are receiving safe water for consumption.

Rural residents with private water systems fare little better with water quality concerns; wells are fragile systems that are highly susceptible to contamination and without routine maintenance or testing can offer serious challenges for homeowners.

Having your water tested is the only way to determine that the water supplied to your home by a municipal or private water system is safe for use by you and your family.

And having a water quality test conducted as part of your home inspection is a great test in providing yourself with as complete a picture of the home as possible before making a final decision if the home is not only right, but also safe for you and your family.

So when should you have a water test conducted?

Water tests on public and private water systems should be performed when any of the following conditions or circumstances exist:

  • The home is serviced by an aging public water system
  • The home has a plumbing system that predates June 1986
  • The well has been subjected to flooding or other groundwater contamination
  • Maintenance or repairs have been performed on the well
  • Newly installed wells
  • The well is in proximity to any industrial or agricultural activity
  • As part of every real estate transaction
  • As part of routine water system preventative maintenance
  • If there is any change in taste, clarity or turbidity of your water

What is the water being tested for?

A typical water quality test is conducted for coliform bacteria (E. coli), lead and any dissolved solids present in the sample. However, comprehensive full panel water testing is available that provides analysis of hardness, ph, turbidity and much more.

If you notice a change in your water quality or have not tested your water recently or are purchasing a new home, it is strongly recommended that you have a water quality test conducted to ensure the water being supplied to the home is safe for consumption.

Water quality testing is a great addition to a home inspection performed by Northern Home Inspection Services, L.L.C., as it can provide further information on the condition of the home that can prove invaluable when it comes to making the final decision to move forward with the real estate transaction.

Contact me, Rob,  at (315) 298-0381 or by email at rob@nhiservices.com and let’s get to work ensuring your home has a consumable supply of water that is safe for your family.